Pseudoeurycea firscheini Shannon and Werler, 1955

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Plethodontidae > Subfamily: Hemidactyliinae > Genus: Pseudoeurycea > Species: Pseudoeurycea firscheini

Pseudoeurycea firscheini Shannon and Werler, 1955, Herpetologica, 11: 82. Holotype: FAS 4714, by original designation; now UIMNH 67055 according to Brame and Gorham, 1972, Checklist Living & Fossil Salamand. World (Unpubl. MS): 294. Type locality: "2 miles W of Acultzingo, Veracruz, [Mexico] . . . at an elevation of 7,000 feet".

Pseudoeurycea (Pseudoeurycea) firscheiniDubois and Raffaëlli, 2012, Alytes, 28: 77–161.

English Names

Firschein's False Brook Salamander (Liner, 1994, Herpetol. Circ., 23: 14; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 33).

Firschein's Salamander (Liner and Casas-Andreu, 2008, Herpetol. Circ., 38: 33).


Known only from pine-oak and cloud forest in the the municipalities of Acultzingo and Tequila area, west-central Veracruz (likely into adjacent Puebla), Mexico, 1600–2000 m elevation; also reported from Cerro Petlalcala in the municipality of San Andrés Tenejapan, Veracruz, Mexico, 1935 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mexico

Endemic: Mexico


In the Pseudoeurycea leprosa group of Wake and Lynch, 1976, Sci. Bull. Nat. Hist. Mus. Los Angeles Co., 25: 61, and Lara-Góngora, 2003, Bull. Maryland Herpetol. Soc., 39: 21-52. Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 267, provided a brief account, photograph, and map. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 587. Kelly-Hernandez, Rovito, and Vásquez-Cruz, 2019, Phyllomedusa, 18: 97–100, provided a new record from Cerro Petlalcala in the municipality of San Andrés Tenejapan, Veracruz, Mexico, 1935 m elevation, and discussed the range and natural history. Contreras-Calvario, Castillo Juárez, Avalos Vela, Cerón de la Luz, and Mora-Reyes, 2019, Rev. Latinoam. Herpetol., 2: 64–70, provided additional localities in Veracruz, Mexico. Raffaëlli, 2022, Salamanders & Newts of the World: 599, provided an account, summarizing systematics, life history, population status, and distribution (including a polygon map). Tighe, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 654: 55, briefly discussed current location of paratypes.

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